Keep Keith Alive

On Wednesday, August 9th Keith went out on the Santiam River to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, fishing. Most of the fishing had been pretty slow for him this year but this time was different! He battled not only one but two beautiful steelhead and came out victorious both times.

It was right around this time that he started feeling some chest pain. He said it was like an elephant was sitting on his chest. He decided it might be good to go in to Urgent Care just to make sure it wasn't anything serious.

It was something serious. 

They found out that he had a substantial murmur and what seemed to be a broken valve in his heart. This was around 7pm on Wednesday. Urgent care sent Keith home and said they needed to do more tests but couldn't do them until the morning. Fast forward to Friday around 7:30pm. A nurse called Keith to tell him he needed to get to an ER as soon as he could. He was having life saving heart surgery not even five hours later. 

Keith had ten hour heart surgery early Saturday morning. He needed a valve replacement in his heart. He had an aortic rupture  that just about killed him. Because this wasn't enough hardship, sometime during his ten hour surgery Keith suffered from a heart attack. He is currently at OHSU in critical condition. Critical, but alive. 

The funds raised here will go to Keith to help with the medical expenses he is incurring. Doctors are working around the clock to keep Keith moving in the right direction. We are trying to alleviate any unnecessary stress for him once he opens his eyes.

Whether you know Keith from his days of playing football for Oregon State University, or you know him from his time serving on the Springfield Police Department, or you have the pleasure of just being his friend in any capacity - please, please, please support him in his time of need.

Keith would never ask you to give him money. He would never even tell you he was sick. But he would give his last dime to you if you needed it. I'm sure to many of you Keith has been the friend that you needed most at a critical time in your life. Here's your chance to pay him back. Keith not only has so much more life to live, but so many lives to touch. Keep Keith Alive.


  • Brooke Kempker 
    • $100 
    • 32 mos
  • Brenna Frigulti 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 34 mos
  • Samantha Ramirez 
    • $20 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kristy Nelson 
Portland, OR
Colleen Pankey 
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